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Alexander Skarsgard Says Filming 'Big Little Lies' Domestic Abuse Scenes With Nicole Kidman Was 'Horrible'

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Jun. 24 2019, Updated 6:55 p.m. ET

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During a recent interview, Big Little Lies star Alexander Skarsgard got candid about the domestic violence scenes he had to do with his costar Nicole Kidman during season one. The actor called these moments "horrible" and "psychologically draining" — especially when Nicole's husband Keith Urban was on set while they filmed!

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Alexander, 42, opened up about what it was like to film the controversial violent scenes with his on-screen wife Nicole, 51, during an interview on KIIS FM's Kyle And Jackie O Show on Monday, June 24.

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The star said that he was physically and mentally drained after filming the scenes. Alexander also revealed that many of them were shot while Keith, 51, was watching on set.

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"Those scenes were obviously quite intense to shoot," he admitted before gushing over Nicole and her acting abilities.

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"Nicole's not only an incredible actress but she’s also like the most lovely and generous and sweet woman. So of course, shooting those scenes were horrible. Absolutely horrible," The Legend of Tarzan star said.

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Alexander also shared that despite the violent nature of these scenes, Nicole skipped out on using a stunt double. "Nicole wanted to do it herself," the 42-year-old said.

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"For the buildup of the intensity of those scenes it helps when you don't jump it up. When you can shoot the whole scene as one fluid motion, it helps make it more authentic to build up that rage," he explained. "But of course it was very difficult. We were both incredibly drained and Nicole bruised after those days."

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Big Little Lies airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO.

What do you think of Alexander opening up about the domestic violence scenes he had with Nicole? Let us know in the comments below. 

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